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Whistle from the stands nearly costs Wake Forest a safety against Miami (Video)

Graham Watson
Dr. Saturday

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There have been a few issues with fan noise this week, but the fan “interference” during the Wake Forest-Miami game created one of the stranger moments of the season.

Wake Forest punter Alexander Kinal was standing in his own end zone, ready to punt, but when he received the ball, he heard a whistle and stopped.

Miami players who were rushing the play stopped as well.

No one seemed to know what was happening, including the announcers who both yelled, “There’s been no whistle!” in a panic.

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However, there was a whistle, just not from an official. It was from a fan in the stands, who blew a whistle multiple times to simulate an official's whistle and hopefully throw Kinal off.

The master plan worked, but it created such a confusion that instead of the play being called a safety, the officials called the play dead and Wake Forest was able to punt again.

Miami was down 14-10 at the time and it could have been a huge momentum changer. As it turned out, Miami didn’t need an errant whistle to ultimately win the game.

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Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at or follow her on Twitter!

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